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July 2012

My son give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.” (Proverbs 4:20-22)

 

Dear Friend,

Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. We are fine, and enjoying the summer months. It is a wonderful time to slow down a bit and take time to sit under a tree and enjoy the beauties of nature. I have a park across the way from me, and it is such a pleasure to take my Bible and enjoy time with the Lord outdoors. People tend to sit nearby and notice that I have my Bible, and this gives a great opportunity to discuss the Lord and lead someone to salvation. Everyone is searching these days, as so much is going on in the world. They want to know what the answers are to life’s circumstances, and in this important election year to know what God wants for our country. There are always rumors of war, and lately we hear of earthquakes happening in record number, along with tornadoes and other natural disasters. Where is it all going? What is God calling for us to do at this point in history?

The Bible has the answers to all of life’s questions. This is what Proverbs 4:20-22 encourages us to understand. God’s Word has to be ingrained in our heart! Our spirit soul and body has to be so saturated with His Living Word that we live, eat, and move in it. This is our life, this is our healing, this is our hope for the future! God says in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” So we know that God’s thoughts for us are good! When we study His Word, when we soak in His Promises, we need to apply them to ourselves. God says “Then you will call upon Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity.” (Jeremiah 29:12.13) So, if we follow what Proverbs 4:20-22 tells us, we can know that His Word is health to all our flesh. God has good thoughts for us; He wants us to call upon Him and know what He promises.

The Bible also says that “My people are destroyed for lack of Knowledge...” (Hosea 4:6) Therefore, if we do not know what God promises, how can we expect to receive them? If we do not know His Word and have it ingrained in our hearts, what would we do if suddenly we are not allowed by law to own a Bible, or if we are at a place where it is forbidden? Or even if we are in a hospital and are not able to focus to read it? God’s Word is so encouraging, His promises are for us today, and His desire is for us to want

to know Him more and know His thoughts! What is better than that? No matter what we go through in this life, we know that God is for us, and if He is for us, who can be against us? Read Romans 8:31 and memorize it!

This past winter was a challenging one for me personally. If I did not have the Lord, or know His Word, I wonder what would have become of me! He gives us a reason to get up in the morning, He gives us hope not only for our future, but for today! What is happening in your life right now? I pray that all is well! However, if there are trials going on, please be encouraged! God is with you, He is for you, He is standing by and waiting for you to call upon Him. He wants so much to hear from you!!

We can hear from Him in so many ways. Sometimes it is a still small voice that suddenly comes. It is so quick, we could actually turn around to see if someone is there, and then we realize that we have heard from God Himself! This happened to me several times in my life. Once was when I had polio and I heard “Get up and walk!” I followed the directions and my healing began. Another time, a member of my family was going through a rough time, and it seemed to be lasting forever. I cried out one day, asking God, “How long Lord?” Suddenly I heard, “It is over.” And it was, everything immediately began to change. The thing is we have to be still, we have to be quiet, in order to hear from Him. He speaks so softly, and so quickly, that it is so easy to miss it! When we pray, we have to learn to listen too. To be quiet and expectant, to know that God does want so much for us to communicate with Him, and He wants so much for us to hear Him when He speaks. The reason we do not hear often from Him, is because we are so focused on our agenda, on what we want, or what we need, that we talk too much! In prayer, there is a time to speak, to pour out our heart, to allow the tears to flow, to allow God to hear all that is on our heart. But then there is a time to listen, to be quiet, to meditate on His Goodness, to worship Him. It is during those times that we are able to enjoy His very Presence!

When we read His Word, it is Him speaking to us. Jesus is the Word. This is primarily the way He communicates with us. When reading the Bible, we should ask the Holy Spirit to give us a Word, something to hold on to, something to teach us, or meet whatever need we have at the moment. Jesus is the Word, the Holy Spirit breathes upon it, and this brings it to light for us. It touches our spirit, it causes us to be encouraged and have hope for the future. The next time we open our Bible, let us eat the Word, digest It and cause it to be Ingrained in our mind and heart. Let us know that the God of Creation, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings Himself is opening His heart to us and filling us with His love and peace and hope. Let us pray:

Father, in Jesus’ Precious Name, we come before You and worship You. Thank You Father, for sending Your Son Jesus to earth so that we can be saved, healed, filled with the Holy Spirit, and know that you love us and care for us. We love You Father, and ask that You give us a hunger and desire to read Your Word. Thank You for speaking to us and allowing us to know Your heart through Your Word. We love You! Amen!

God bless you,

Rev. Barbara A. Yovino, Ph.D.

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